Canine progress report

August 30th, 2007

It’s been a fortnight since Ziggy’s surgery and I’m very happy to report his recovery and rehabilitation is going well. His walking is laboured and it doesn’t take long for him to work up a pant but I think he’s still building up his newly required muscles and is slowly overcoming the deconditioning he has experienced over the last little while.

He was quite depressed post-operatively and is only just turning the corner in that regard. He’s once again food-responsive. This is good because food-responsiveness constitutes a goodly part of his general motivation, if not indeed defining his very personality!

All our friends have been great, checking in with us to ask how the old man is getting on. Ziggy was even brought a lovely, bright pot of tulips, which he brushed aside on his lunge for the chicken wings that came with them.

Good luck Zig

August 15th, 2007

Ziggy’s leg comes off in the morning (Thurs).

Good luck, old fella.

That’s influence

August 11th, 2007

A reprieve of sorts

August 7th, 2007

We dropped Ziggy off at the vet surgery early this morning. It took three of us to get him into the holding cage. Strangely, he was sporting his big staffy grin when we left. A few hours later I was called in to the surgery, just minutes before they were to amputate.

I had asked them over the phone to check out a new, small lump before they operated, but after they gave Ziggy his pre-med doggy-valium and had him sitting up on the operating table they couldn’t find the thing. At home, the plumber had just arrived to find and hopefully fix an underground leak that has been restricting our water supply for three days. Just as Scout – the kelpie – was introducing herself to the plumber in her very special way and I was trying to find a safe place to put her with both side gates open and the front & back doors ajar, the vet rang asking me to come in and help them find the lump.

It was good to see Ziggy still whole. We found the lump and the vet said I should wait a couple of minutes while they had a look at a smear of it under the microscope. She returned shortly and led me out the back door to a quiet bit of garden. This couldn’t be good.

“That new lump, I’m afraid it is something.”

A very small but highly unpredictable and potentially more aggressive type of tumour than the one on his leg, and one they recommend removing immediately. They can possibly remove both it and the leg today, but they prefer not to have him anaesthetised for such a long time.

Poor Ziggy. He’s currently recovering from his lumpectomy (a double, actually, because they found yet another one) and will be staying at the vet’s overnight.

He keeps his leg for now.

Ziggy on the prowl

August 5th, 2007

Here’s Ziggy, doing what comes natural . . . putting on his boots & shoes, eating cat poo, no time to lose . . . Oh Lordy!

(Best not to click the video link if you have a slow internet connection or are offended by images of poo-eating)

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The poor thing is being operated on in a few days and won’t be as chipper as this for a little while to come.